To those who want to promote the idea that democracy doesn’t work, every issue is a potential culture war wedge to be leveraged, to pit Americans against each other, and to heighten/trigger the fears of those with authoritarian tendencies.

Always looking for the next big one.
It’s difficult to imagine that events like these are actually organic.

As far as I know, reporters never ask attendees what Facebook groups they joined in order to learn about the events they participate in.

That would be useful to know.
And the actions that these folks engage in are so offensive that they are essentially designed to go viral, amplifying the “culture war,” and essentially speaking it into existence.

Lots of accounts here on social media are happy to help.
Isn’t it difficult *not* to react to this emotional content?

To immediately share it, and to judge and blame someone?
That is how social media is used to highlight the differences between all of us in society; to exacerbate those issues; and then to propagate them, as if through an emotional virus.

Which is why we should all have our own rules of engagement around what we decide to share.

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28 Apr
💥 The FBI just served a search warrant on Rudy’s apartment and seized his devices.

Trump’s DOJ appointees had been blocking the investigators’ requests.

“After Merrick B. Garland was confirmed, [DOJ] lifted its objection to the search.”

h/t @Ginger624…
💥 The Giuliani search warrant specifically includes any communications he had with John Solomon, according to Rudy’s lawyer.

h/t @satirehat… Image
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27 Apr
.@JamesCarville gave an excellent interview to @seanilling.

He’s right about the faculty lounge messaging.

But Illing trapped him into a ‘wokeness’ question, and used it for a clickbait headline, guaranteeing that the people who need to read this won’t.…
TBF, it was probably an editor who chose the headline, but the point still stands.
On Dems’ messaging weakness, and “Faculty lounge” politics - he is absolutely, 100% right about this.

Much of the language Dems use has an underlying assumption built into it - that voters already get the way our understanding has evolved and led to these terms.

They don’t. ImageImageImage
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23 Apr
Great news. 👏

Colorado has rescinded the Koch Network bill passed by the GOP legislature that called for a Constitutional Convention.

The Network wants to capture 34 state legislatures - so they can rewrite the U.S. Constitution.

h/t @satirehat… Image
What happens if the GOP takes control of 34 state legislatures in the country?

Read this Bill Moyers article to understand their strategy.

The Koch Network has been perpetrating a fraud on US voters for years, funding astroturf movements and propaganda - with this goal in mind.
This is why the ACLU has worked to block these same motions in other states.

Every time the GOP takes control of a state legislature, they pass one of these Koch “model bills,” adding that state to the list calling for a convention.

Yes, it is dishonest and it’s disturbing.
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21 Apr
Great piece by @ThePlumLineGS.

One caveat: The GOP & its bill mills (ALEC) are already planning tactics to sabotage Biden’s policies at the state level, similar to the way they blocked Obamacare Medicaid expansions.

This isn’t getting much coverage.

Short thread here discussing one of these approaches.

At least two GOP state legislatures are attempting to create a parallel state court system for what they consider “constitutional” matters, and using an untested antebellum “nullification” theory to block Biden policies.

On a separate front, GOP state governments are attempting to push a “block grant” model as an alternative funding method that they claim will allow them to better manage Medicaid expansions.

It’s a trap.

Biden appears to be wise to this already, and is pushing back.
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21 Apr
This is good news.

The 3rd precinct that Chauvin was a member of didn’t have a great history.
Some of👇 officers went to the 3rd.

These incidents “help explain a saying often used by fellow cops to describe the style of policing practiced in the Third: There’s the way that the Minneapolis Police Department does things, and then there’s the way they do it “in Threes.”
“The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” Mr. Garland said in brief remarks at the Justice Department.…
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19 Apr
Does anyone happen to know/recognize what screen recording software is being used on this phone?

It captures the whole phone - typing and all - rather than just recording the camera.

Does BNO have software specifically for this? Is this what Carbyne style recording looks like?
Derp. It’s just normal iOS screen recording software.

I had to add it to control center to be able to see it.

Now for my next display of ignorance - what was the chatting during the recording? Is that what a FB live broadcast looks like?
So it looks like the person who recorded started a FB live stream, and then started a screen capture recording.

I guess that makes sense, prob the easiest way to capture a recording of a FB live stream for quick sharing.
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